Buttermilk Scones

by Angie Liew
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Square shaped scones

 

Scones are the easiest English tea time treat.  These are buttermilk scones as buttermilk is used to bind all the ingredients together.  They are really nice tasting scones with a crisp outer crust and a soft bread like texture inside.
 
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Buttermilk Scones
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Scones are the easiest English tea time treat. These are buttermilk scones as buttermilk is used to bind all the ingredients together. They are really nice tasting scones with a crisp outer crust and a soft bread like texture inside.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200c and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle some flour on top.
    Preheat oven to 200c and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle some flour on top.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
    In a large bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  3. Cut cold butter cubes into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Use a pastry cutter or fork.
    Cut cold butter cubes into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Use a pastry cutter or fork.
  4. Add buttermilk and vanilla extract to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. DO NOT over mix.
    Add buttermilk and vanilla extract to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. DO NOT over mix.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch thickness. (This thickness is important, as scones that are rolled too thin will not rise).
    Roll dough into 1 inch thickness. (This thickness is important, as scones that are rolled too thin will not rise).
  7. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cutter to cut dough into circles.
    Use a 2 1/2 inch round cutter to cut dough into circles.
  8. Transfer scones to the baking tray and brush the tops of scones with a little milk (helps with browning).
    Transfer scones to the baking tray and brush the tops of scones with a little milk (helps with browning).
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
    Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.
    Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.
Notes

Tips: (adapted from King Arthur Flour)
Scones are best served warm. To reheat room temperature scones, place on baking tray and tent lightly with foil, then place in preheated 180 degree C oven for about 10 minutes.
It's also great to freeze scones for 30 minutes before baking. 30 minutes of freezing relaxes the gluten in the flour, which makes the scones more tender and allows them to rise higher. It also chills the fat, which makes the scones a bit flakier.

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To bake buttermilk scones:
Measure all ingredients before begin to make the buttermilk scones 
     
 
Line a baking pan with parchment paper
 
 
Whisk all dry ingredients together with a wire whisk
 
 
Blend in the cut butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter 
 
 

 Blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
 
 
Add the buttermilk ( with vanilla extract added) into the flour mixture 
 
 
Stir with a spatula JUST until the dough comes together.  Do not OVERMIX
 
 
Knead  the dough gently and form into a 7 inch round and 1 inch thick
 
 
Use a 2.5 inch round cutter to cut the dough into circles and transfer to baking pan
 
 
Brush the top of scones with a little milk
 
 
 Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes until golden brown
 
 
Remove from oven 
 
 
 Then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cooling on a rack will give you crisp crusts while covering them with a tea towel will give a soft scone.
 
As always, scones are at their best served warm from the oven.  
 
 
These freshly baked scones are square in shape
 
 
They taste really delicious plain 
 
 
It’s equally delicious when serve with butter and jam
 
Or they can be served the old fashioned way: with clotted cream and jam.
 
These scones can even be stored at room temperature for a few days.  Reheat before serving.
 
 
DO ENJOY! ….. with afternoon tea!
 

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